RED DEER - The Lethbridge Hurricanes erased a two goal deficit and battled back to beat the Red Deer Rebels 6-5 in a shoot out Friday night.
It was a wild opening period at the ENMAX Centrium as the two teams exchanged 5 goals. Red Deer opened the scoring on their first shot of the night when Rhyse Dieno beat Jonny Hogue to make it 1-0 Rebels. That was also a shorthanded goal. That lead was short-lived because just 31 seconds later the Canes stormed back on the power play when Reid Duke scored his 10th goal of the season to even things at 1-1. Less than two minutes later the Rebels would go on the power play and they'd get another one, this time Raymond's Brooks Maxwell scored to make it 2-1 Red Deer. That was the Rebels' second goal on their first 5 shots of the night. The Canes got themselves into more penalty trouble a few minutes later and Red Deer would increase it's lead with another power play goal, again Maxwell getting the goal for Red Deer, his second of the game to make it 3-1 Rebels. Lethbridge got one of the back before the buzzer sounded when Carter Folk snapped home his 2nd goal of the season, beating Patrick Bartosak to make it a 3-2 game in favour of Red Deer through 20 minutes of play. Despite being down, the Canes out shot Red Deer 15-13.
In the second, the Rebels would jump ahead by a pair of goals again, when Nick Charif found the back of the net to give the home team a 4-2 lead. Shortly after that, the Hurricanes would get back to within one when Nick Walters fired a shot, scoring his 2nd goal of the season to cut the Rebels lead to 4-3. Those two goals cam early in the period and Hogue and Bartosak were perfect for the rest of the period and the score stayed 4-3 Red Deer through 40 minutes. The Rebels held a slight 26-24 edge in shots on goal.
In the third, the Rebels would take a two goal lead for a third time in the game, with yet another power play goal. This time Preston Kopek lit the red light to give Red Deer a 5-3 lead. Things weren't looking all that good for the Hurricanes, but they managed to battle back and tie the game again with a couple of goals. A power play goal by Kolten Olynek, his 4th of the season got Lethbridge to within one and then with just under 8 minutes left, Reid Duke scored his second goal of the night, 11th of the season to even the score at 5-5. Neither club was able to score the rest of the period and the game would head into overtime.
The extra period solved nothing, so the game would head to a shoot out to decide a winner. Through 5 rounds of the shoot out, the only player to score for either team was Kolten Olynek and the Hurricanes would skate away with a 6-5, come-from-behind victory. The Hurricanes didn't once have the lead in this game until Olynek's shoot out winner. The Rebels slightly out shot the Canes 41-34 in this game. Special teams were huge. Red Deer went 3/5 on the power play and also scored a goal shorthanded. The Canes went 2/7 with thee man advantage.
The Hurricanes called up goaltender Stuart Skinner to back up Jonny Hogue for this game. The Hurricanes re-assigned Jarrod Schamerhorm to Merritt of the BCHL earlier in the day. Teagan Sacher, who's been injured since late December is very close to returning and likely will be back in action in the coming days. That will certainly boost the Hurricanes between the pipes for the final 18 games of the season.
Three Quarterway Point in the 2013-2014 WHL Season
The Lethbridge Hurricanes are now officially through 3/4 of this WHL season and now have just 18 games remaining before things wrap up and the players head home for thee off-season. Through 54 games, the Canes sit with a record of 11-38-2-3. During the exact same 54 game sample last season, the Hurricanes had compiled a record of 24-22-1-7 for 56 points.
Hurricanes This Week
Our first program of February hits the CJOC airwaves at 7:00 pm MST on Monday night (Feb. 3). We hope to have Assistant Coach Mike Craig on the program for a little bit. Goaltender Teagan Sacher, and Les Lazaruk, the radio voice of the Saskatoon Blades.
After a very hectic schedule which kept the Hurricanes on the road a lot last month, the Hurricanes will stick around southern Alberta for pretty much the majority of the first three weeks of February. The Canes have 12 games this month, 6 at home and a6 on the road. The Hurricanes will play 3 games in 4 nights this coming week. Their next action is Wednesday (Feb. 5) when they host the Saskatoon Blades. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Canes will host Kooteny Friday (Feb. 7) and then head to Cranbrook for the re-match Saturday (Feb. 8).